Xiaomi Mi TV 4 Review 2018 India: Should You Buy It?

Xiaomi Mi Mi TV 4 Review in Detailed

Xiaomi Mi TV 4 Review

Choosing good TV in budget is a challenging task for everyone because you know that you have to compromise in terms of resolution, panel quality, picture quality, sound, connectivity, smart features and other features. Xiaomi has tried to overcome all these difficulties, and the result is Xiaomi’s new Mi TV 4. The TV claims 4K, HDR 10 capabilities and has a 10-bit VA panel, which is made by Samsung. This TV comes with a different way (unique) interface. With Mi Smart LED TV 4, Xiaomi is targeting the emerging LED TV market by offering attractive specification.

Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 Specifications

  • Panel Size: 55-inch
  • Panel Type: VA
  • Panel Resolution: 3840 x 2160 – 4K
  • Panel refresh rate: 60Hz
  • HDR 10 support: Yes
  • Dolby Vision Support: No
  • Weight: 17.8kgs
  • HDMI ports: 3
  • USB ports: 2
  • Bluetooth: Yes, 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Ethernet: Yes
  • Speakers: 2 x 8W
  • CPU: Ammological Cortex A53 Quad Core, Up to 1.8GHz
  • GPU: Mali-T830 MP2, up to 750MHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Built-in storage: 8GB

Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 Design

Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 Design

Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 is actually a slim television. The size of the most slim point of Mi TV 4 is 4.9mm. This is a flagship TV whose lower part is a bit thicker because the internals are located here. This TV can be mounted on the wall or even on the stand. The design of the Overall TV is quite attractive, especially its slim look makes it more impressive. Whether you put it on the wall or on the table, it records its presence.

Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 Ports & Connectivity

 

Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 Ports & Connectivity

Speaking of connectivity, Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 has 3 HDMI ports, which consists of an ARC and the remaining 2 USB ports (1x USB 3 and 1 x USB2). There are also Ethernet ports, AV input and good old antenna connections.

 

There is only one S / PDIF port for audio output in the TV, it also has an HDMI ARC, but if you have a pair of speakers, which supports 3.5mm or RCA, then you can not add it to TV That is a little disappointing. If you want to connect to your speaker, then you have to buy a co-axial digital adapter cable, which has 3.5mm or RCA connection. If you have speakers supporting Bluetooth, then you can connect them to the TV via Bluetooth, this TV also supports Wi-Fi.

 

Overall, three HDMI ports are a good number, but the lack of alternative audio output like RCA or 3.5mm is disappointing. In addition, placement of HDMI ports (position) is not very convenient. If you have a fire TV stick or a first generation Chromecast, then you will be able to plug in without any extender.

Display Panel and Picture Quality

 

picture quality

The company claims that Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 has a 10-bit VA panel made by Samsung. This TV offers 4K resolution, which is 3840×2160 pixels. Most panels, even some 4K TV panels, are also 8 bits. So let’s go with the 8-bit or 10-bit difference and what it means. The 8-bit panel is capable of delivering 256 shades of colors for each primary color (red, green, and blue), while 10-bit panels can produce 1,024 colors on each primary color. This means that 8 bit panels can give 16.8 million colors (256 x 256 x 256 = 16,777,216), while 10 bit panels can produce billions of colors (1024 × 1024 × 1024 = 1,072,341,824). If you want to invest in a good 4K HDR TV, you have to spend more than 1 lakh to buy a TV from the best of Sony, Samsung or LG. Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 gives a great 4K HDR viewing experience, although you do not compare it to a TV that costs more than a million, but in this range, the experience of the Mi LED Smart TV4 is really good. It is very close to the flagship features but there are some drawbacks, which we will further be mentioned.

4K and HDR Streaming

 

xiaomi mi led smart tv 4

If you are buying this TV to view 4K HDR content, remember, you will need to have PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, Apple TV 4K, Chromecast Ultra or any other device that supports 4K. Standard PS4 and Xbox One S just support 4K for content like Netflix, not for games.

 

Xbox One S and One X have 4K Blu-ray drives, but PS4 and PS4 Pro can only Blu-ray 1080p. Note that, currently available in India, the Fire TV Stick and chromocost support a maximum of 1080 pixel resolution.

 

In the case of viewing angles, this device could be slightly improved. We believe there should be a standard setting here. Because, like the Daredevils show, where most of the action is in the dark, we need to set brightness and contrast, just like some brighter shows, where most of the action is in the light of daylight, we need to reduce brightness and contrast. it occurs.

 

This TV offers good control of manual control, for this, you have standard presets, including standard, movie, picture, sports, monitor, game and a user profile. You also have the ability to control the 1024 colors manually for red, green and blue.

 

The TV’s panel is refactive but not too much, as we have already seen before. If looking at the price range of this TV, the viewing experience for 4K HDR content is good. The Black Levels appear quite a dessant and transition is also good on the quick change of the Bright Scene from Dark Scene. Sometimes there is a lack of detail in some areas of the dark area.

1080p content from Fire TV Stick

 

As we mentioned above, fire TV stick and chromecast available in India can show content at 1080p. We have seen Game of Throne, Young Sheldon and The Dark Knight on Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, respectively. Once again, we saw it on Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4, Movie Presets worked fine on Mi LED Smart TV 4 for Game of Thrones. For Young Sheldon, we had to lose a little bit of brightness, because it is quite a bright and vibrant show. The Dark Knight experience on this TV is also quite good. Overall experience of content is very good on this TV by a fire TV stick.

Gaming: console gamers will like it

 

In order to create most HDR content, you have to manually switch settings to HDMI 2.0, once this happens, the console will recognize the TV as a 4K HDR. Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 has a game preset, which helps with the input lag, but does not make much difference when played in game mode and custom user settings.

 

On PS4 Pro, we played the inaugural sequence of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy’s Train Chase Sequence and Horizon Zero Dawn, both the games looked fantastic and their experience was great. Both games use Sony’s checkerboard rendering to present a 4K image in 30 seconds. Yes, there is an input lag but it is just like you expect from any other TV.

When it comes to connecting a PC to Mi TV, we have connected the HP Omen 17 via HDMI so that it can detect what it looks like on PC gaming TV. We played Battlefield 1 on the TV through a laptop, because Battlefield 1 HDR is a great example for testing 4K PC gaming. The overall experience is good, the colors in the game look vibrant.

HP Omen 17 specification

  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor
  • Windows 10 home 64
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1 TB 7200 rpm HDD
  • 256GB NvME SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB)
  • 17.3 inch FHD 120Hz IPS Anti Glare display

Quality Built in Services

 

Mi TV4 comes with a group of preloaded services. While writing this review, only Sony Live, Hungama and Voot are active on this TV, but Xiaomi says that more services will be activated soon and users need to do anything to implement these services. (Except for subscribing to them), until the TV is connected to the internet, the update will be done automatically. The disappointment is that Netflix and Geo TV are not part of services that will be activated soon.

Benchmark

 

We checked Spider 4 Elite on Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 and given a graph below, showing the benchmark results. We also conducted lagame black one lagg white test on this TV for testing black and white levels.

 

As you can see the lagame black and the lagg level at TV, which is perfect, as expected from a 4K HDR TV TV, which has a 10-bit panel. NTSC, sRGB, and Adobe RGB scores are lower compared to Sony A1. Compared to Sony A1, the contrast ratio in Mi LED Smart TV 4 is quite behind and there was such a hope too. But by the price, Mi TV 4 is definitely a great option.

Quality of Audio Speakers

 

The audio quality of Mi TV 4 is a bit disappointing compared to the rest of the features. In Mi TV 4 there are two downward firing 8-watt speakers, whose performance is fine for a medium-sized room, but does not give a great experience while watching the movie. To make the most of this TV, you can invest in a good soundbar or bookshelf speaker. It should be noted that its remote does not have a mute button and its absence will not be liked by many people.

Remote Control

remote control

If you talk about remote control, you will feel the lack of mute buttons in remote remote control of Xiaomi . Its design looks like a Amazon Fire TV stick remote. You can pair the TV’s remote via Bluetooth, so you do not have to point to the TV to run it.

 

Remote is also compatible with a universal remote, so it can control your set top box, MI Android box and some other devices. However, this has failed to work for media playback with our Fire TV Stick or Xbox One or PS4 Pro.

Mobile App

 

Mi is a mobile app for controlling TV, the UI also has a clean interface and mute button, which is not on the remote control. One thing that is very good for remote control arrows is that you can save the TV screen shot in the direct phone. There is also an option in which you can open the app on the TV with the help of your phone. In the future, you will be able to download the app on your smartphone and if they are compatible with the TV, you will be able to launch them from this app menu. To play a game on the TV in the app, there is also the option to convert your smartphone into a gamepad.

If your smartphone doesn’t have an IR blaster then some of the features of the app won’t work, so keep that in mind.

Patchwall OS

 

The biggest difference between Shaomi Mi LED Smart TV4 and other smart TVs is UI (UI). Most smart TVs run on Android. Get on LG TVs WebOS and Samsung TV Tizen. The goal of Mi TV’s PatchWall OS is to do smart TVs, first content and later applications.

 

When you boot the TV for the first time, you will see a wall of content from service providers that is connected with Shoomi. Once you set up your set top box, that content is integrated with the TV’s OS, not only does it show you a tile interface for the channel. The thumbnail of content shows you how much of a movie or TV show has been played in advance.

Verdict

 

If you have a question about whether to buy this TV in this price range is a good option, then the answer is yes. In the Rs. 39,999 you get a 10-bit panel which is capable of giving content in 4K and HDR and we think that while buying a TV, it matters most. In addition, these TVs offer 4K HDR at 60Hz. If you are not happy with the OS, you can always plug in a chromecast, fire TV stick or any other box. Although the speaker of the TV is not the best, so you can enjoy the film in the best possible manner, but most of the TV’s speakers are similar. Yes TV should have connection options like 3.5mm and RCA. The only problem with the TV panel is that it is reflexive, and the black level could be better. If you are looking for a 4K TV in a budget of 40 thousand, then Mi TV can be a good option.

Xiaomi Mi TV Price in India

Xiaomi Mi TV 4 Review

Xiaomi has launched Mi LED Smart TV in India. This TV is priced at Rs 39,999 and is equipped with 55 inch 4K HDR panel. This TV comes with Xiaomi’s own operating system patchwork. These TVs are available on Mi.com and Flipkart.

Our Decision

Most people will be interested in knowing the price of this TV that is mentioned above, then the answer is yes. In the price of Rs. 39,999 you get a 10-bit panel which is capable of giving content in 4K and HDR and we think that while buying a TV, it matters most. In addition, this TV offers 4K HDR at 60Hz. If you are not happy with the OS, you can always plug in a chromecast, fire TV stick or any other box. Although the speaker of the TV is not the best, so you can enjoy the film in the best possible manner, but most of the TV’s speakers are similar. Yes TV should have connection options like 3.5mm and RCA. The only problem with the TV panel is that it is reflexive, and the black level could be better. If you are looking for a 4K TV in a budget of 40 thousand, then Mi TV can be a good option.

Plus Points: 

  • Best 4K HDR Movie Performance
  • Great Console Gaming Performance
  • 10-bit panels
  • Slim design

Negative Points

  • Scope for improvement in viewing angle and black level
  • Speaker’s sound quality could have been better
  • Patchwol OS (OS) seems incomplete
  • Internal services do not provide content in 4K

 

Being an engineer in Information Technology, Krishna, is a word that is inspired by the Lord Shri Krishna, believes in the inspection of the latest technology in the real world. Krishna Shekhawat has done his engineering from LIET, Alwar. He started his career with SAGInfotech Pvt Ltd ( Jaipur). He is an enthusiastic about the bikes and cars that are roaming around him. Krishna likes to write reviews about all things. His mostly time spend in gaining the knowledge about new things. He wants to demonstrate his powerful word’s empire in front of the world. Apart from this, he is a simple person and has a helping nature.

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